Music Video of the Day: Lust for Life by Iggy Pop (1996, dir by Danny Boyle)


Hi everyone!  Lisa here with today’s music video of the day.

Lust for Life, which was co-written by David Bowie, was originally released in 1977 but it didn’t become a hit until it was used in the 1996 film Trainspotting.  The director of Trainspotting, Danny Boyle, also directed this video, which is basically scenes from the movie mixed in with footage of Iggy Pop performing.

Appropriately for a song that would become the theme to Trainspotting, Lust For Life is a song about heroin addiction.  (The majority of the song is told through the eyes of Johnny Yen, a character created by noted heroin aficionado, William S. Burroughs.)  Because of the song’s rousing chorus, it has regularly been used in advertisements for things that have absolutely nothing to do with heroin.  For instance, it was used to promote Royal Caribbean Cruises.

The recent Trainspotting sequel featured The Prodigy’s remix of Lust for Life.  Sadly, this one doesn’t come with a music video but you can listen to it below:

Enjoy!

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